The Duke Blue Devils suffered a tough loss on Wednesday in their 88-72 defeat at the hands of North Carolina. Star forward Zion Williamson suffered a knee sprain less than minute into the ACC showdown, and was unable to return.
The injury looked bad when he literally blew out his shoe, and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. Fortunately, after the game, Mike Krzyzewski told the media the injury is a mild knee sprain and the knee is stable.
After the injury and the blowout loss, oddsmakers dinged their national title odds. Caesar’s Palace lengthened Duke’s odds from +200 to +250, per ESPN’s Dave Purdum. They also improved Gonzaga from +700 to +500 and Kentucky and Virginia from +800 to +700.
However, shortly after Coach K offered the good news about Williamson, Caesar’s bumped Duke’s odds back down to +200. This likely came due to a combination of the good news and getting some quick money from people looking to take advantage of worse Duke odds.